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Am I missing anything in Vallejo/American Canyon?

I live in Napa, which means that I have to usually drive to the Bay Area to find ethnic cuisines (aside from Mexican, of course). Is there anything decent in Vallejo/AC that I've been passing by? I'm open to recommendations for any place that's good, regardless of what they serve.

I hardly ever see Vallejo/AC mentioned here, but these are decent-sized cities, so there must be a couple gems.

Thanks!

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  1. Well, super Wal-Mart has a sushi counter and the in-store bakery makes challah on Friday/ AC is more chain/American/Mexican.

    Vallejo is big on Filipino. Lots of good bakeries.
    http://www.chow.com/search?search%5Bq...

    However, IMO, Hercules has better Filipino food.

    Ano Thai Lao Cuisine (in the above list) has good Thai. Driving by Tenessee almost opposite Ano Thai, there's a new Middle Eastern place that had a sign it is opening soon ... surprising for Vallejo.

    The owners of Georgia Street Grill are from Guam and have a few of those dishes on the menu.

    Kalbee has Korean food, but I don't remember any Chowhound reports about it.

    Haven't tried Pho1 Noodle House yet, but Sunshine Bakery has bahn mi and I like their Asian baked goods.

    There are a few Chinese and a Japanese restaurants in that list. Haven't tried them so look at the reports.

    I know you don't want Mexican, but you should check out La Michoacana which makes paletas and Mexican ice cream. It is also the best panaderia in the North Bay, IMO and probably one of the better in the entire Bay Area.

    Also worth a look for regional American is It's All Good Bakery. There's a branch in Oakland and they make one swell sweet potato pie.

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    1. re: rworange

      I know I'm sort of a stranger to the board these days, but unless they've moved, it appears that La Michoacana is no more, based on a couple passes I made by their location.

      Of course, someone might want to verify this just to be sure my eyes were deceiving me. If they are gone, I'll miss 'em

      On the bakery front, you may want to try some of the seƱorita bread at Starbread too, especially if you decide to go by Kalbee (the couple times I've tried them, the food was decent, but I'm the wrong person to ask to determine what's good Korean food and what's not.)

      1. re: josquared

        Oh no!!! I haven't been to La Michoacana in a while. That is so sad if it is gone. They seemed to be doing good business.

        1. re: rworange

          Well, today, I went in for a closer look to make sure.

          They've been upgrading the exterior of the complex, and what handpainted signage there was (both on the facade above and the window) had been cleaned up. And there's nothing really there on or by the window to indicate there is a business in there.

          Today they started repainting the window - at this moment it says "La Micho" with the right side of the window still to be painted. And yes, all those sweet smelling baked goods were there waiting to be bought.

          Of course I had to pay penance and grab some paletas and other assorted sweets. My bad, La Michoacana.

          In a totally unrelated note, I saw a sign outside Tortilleria La Pinto on Sonoma St. They have freshly ground masa available, or if you wish, you can just partake of their freshly made tamales (pollo, puerco or rajas) Saturdays & Sundays

          1. re: josquared

            Yeah. I need to stop by more. Speaking of which, do you know if someone finally bought Liled's? They don't have the for sale sign or website up. I will be stopping by there for Easter. They might not be the most fabulous ice cream / candy shop but they do certain things well and Easter candy is one of those things.

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            Liled's Candy Kitchen
            1318 Tennessee St, Vallejo, CA 94590

            1. re: rworange

              As far as I know, they're still open. I'm not sure if that means they're under new ownership or not, but I did read a piece in the Times-Herald last month mentioning people buying candy there for Valentine's Day.

    2. You don't say which meal. If it's lunch and you go down 29 there is West Side Cafe. Chicago beef and hot dogs.

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      Gumbah's Italian Beef (see West Side Cafe)
      138 Tennessee St, Vallejo, CA 94590

      1. I had dinner at La Strada in American Canyon on the main drag going to Napa as part of a large group (20 peeople) in December and although I did not try anyone elses food, I enjoyed my canneloni. It had (I believe) ground veal and both bechemal and tomato sauce. While it looked heavy, the sauces and filling were light and the pasta was delicate. Everyone seemed happy and I heard no complaints. Salads or soup incuded in meal, both ordinary as was table bread. Seems very old fashioned ~ maybe we were lucky but I would go again.

        1. Bud's Burger has some of the best fries around. They still fry them in beef tallow or a partial combo. Total dive but those things are good. Burgers are good too, although nothing gourmet.

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          Bud's Giant Burgers
          3849 Sonoma Blvd, Vallejo, CA 94589

          1. I've had pretty good Vietnamese pho experiences at...

            Pho Lee Hoa Phat III
            102 Springstowne Center
            Vallejo, CA 94591

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            1. re: J T

              Oh yes. Benicia. I kinda like the Hawaiian-Filipino place called Hula Hut. The Mongolian Beef at Grand China was pretty good, although it's been awhile since I last ate there.

            2. You'll find several (many?) references on this board to the pizzeria inside Parry's Market for grinders, stromboli, and NY-style pizza slices.
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              Parry's Pizzeria
              234 American Canyon Rd, American Canyon, CA 94503

              1. I recommend the following eateries in Vallejo. Good quality food and reasonable prices:

                Matsuri for Japanese food - Redwood St. and Sonoma Blvd., Vallejo. Also one in Benicia.
                Cha Am Restaurant for Thai, located in Longs Shopping Ctr. off Admiral Callaghan. Very tasty roast duck; grilled trout; seafood dishes; penang curry, and while not Thai, ribeye steak.
                Los Gallitos for Mexican/El Salvadorean - great sopes and pupusas - in same shopping strip as Matsuri on Redwood St./Sonoma Blvd.

                I ditto on Pho Hoa Lee Phat for Vietnamese. Great pho, pork chop rice plates, and cold noodle salads. There is a second location in Vallejo Plaza on Sonoma Blvd. next to Seafood City, a Filipino/Asian supermarket.
                I also ditto on Parry's Pizzeria in American Canyon. They sell pizza by the slice and they're huge.

                If you want to venture into Benicia, next door, I recommend:

                Randy's for Mexican
                Issy's for Mexican
                Aroma for Indian
                Sahara for Mediterranean

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                1. re: ricebowl

                  link

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                  Matsuri Sushi
                  480 Redwood St, Vallejo, CA 94590

                  Matsuri
                  920 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510

                  Los Gallitos Taqueria
                  480 Redwood St, Vallejo, CA 94590

                  Cha-Am
                  153 Plaza Dr Ste 107, Vallejo, CA 94591

                  Pho Lee Hoa Phat II & III
                  3495 Sonoma Blvd Ste H, Vallejo, CA 94590

                2. Oh man, check back Monday. Have I got a swell hidden gem ... seriously, seriously hidden.

                  I didn't get anything to eat but I brought a few loaves of bread and I am just swooning with delight ... they only make bread on Thursday. I want to try lunch there on Monday to see if it is as good as the bread.

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                  1. re: rworange

                    Would that be Dillon's on Ryder St? They make very good sandwiches and bread.

                    1. re: ricebowl

                      Absolutely. Do you have a rec for a best choice in sandwiches there for when I go on Monday.

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                      Dillon Bread Co
                      451 Ryder St, Vallejo, CA 94590

                      1. re: rworange

                        Ahh, Thursdays. I should've asked - I was hoping to snag the bread there on a rare day off, but they didn't have any.

                      2. re: ricebowl

                        I decided to go with the house-made salmon patty at Dillon Bread Company. Very nice
                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/600520

                        1. re: rworange

                          I had the roasted veggie panini sandwich. It was absolutely delish, packed with a generous portion of flavorfully grilled veggies (eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, red peppers) with melted cheese and pesto served up panini style. I'm not able to get over there now because I work elsewhere and Dillon's is not open on the weekends. sigh. I still dream about that sandwich from time to time. LOL My friends who work in Vallejo eat there often and they love Dillon's sandwiches. I think every sandwich they make are good because of the TLC that goes into it. I'm glad you went and tried their salmon patty sand. I hear that's one of their most popular sandwiches.

                    2. I was in the Vallejo/American Canyon area last week. While I didn't eat anywhere, I did pick up some menus from some new-to-me places that looked interesting. Maybe others can comment.

                      American Canyon

                      All Spice Indian restaurant

                      Opened three weeks ago at the beginning of February across from Safeway. Being it is the only Indian restaurant actually in American Canyon, without even eating there I can say it is the best in that town. There's a small menu and a little 2-3 item steam table. What intrigues me is they have goat curry and goat bhuna on the menu. The owner was very nice. The hours and address are in the link to this Place record
                      http://www.chow.com/places/46770

                      In the same strip mall is also Sushi Yu and China Chef Wok and Grill. Didn't stop by either but both seem to be in the three star category on yelp. Didn't read the reviews there yet. These are nice looking restaurants from the outside rather than the hole in the wall types.

                      The website of Sushi Yu is in the place link. The cartoon intro that it doesn't seem to allow you to skip is either amusing or annoying depending on how quickly you want to see an ACTUAL menu. It seems there is a sushi boat there if you are into that sort of thing. The boat items are $2.95 according to the online menu.On the regular sushi menu it says they have live scallops.
                      http://www.chow.com/places/46774

                      China Chef Place record. They also have Thai and Malasian food
                      http://www.chow.com/places/1736

                      Tho you don't want Mexican Mi Zacatecas is next door to the Indian Place and has molcajetes on the menu. I am guessing they serve Mexican breakfast on the weekend as they open at 9 am. This is also not your hole-in-the-wall joint, but a nice looking restaurant . Website is on the Place record tho I don't see the molcajetes online. The Torta Zacatecana sounds good though ... pork loin, ham and cheese

                      Vallejo

                      I was driving by Popeye's and noticed a sandwich board for 3 Sistas restaurant ... a Southern / Soulfood restaurant This is really hidden on Mini Drive off American Canyon Road. Nice little restaurant and nice people in a rather run down strip mall that has three chuches, a barber shop and a liquor store. I put the brief menu on the place record. I'm going to try the Sunday fried chicken dinner one of these days.
                      http://www.chow.com/places/46779

                      Also in Seafood city, has anyone tried the Filipino restuarnt there with the huge steam table (about 30 items)? Anyone had the breakfast buffet at Max's of Manilla?

                      Earl's Texas BBQ will be opening in the Foster Lumber Yard lot in March.

                      I think D's BBQ may have closed. I haven't seen it open any of the times I've driven by. Anyone have an update on them?

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                      1. re: rworange

                        The cafeteria style Filipino restaurant in Seafood City is called DJ's. If you don't mind the lack of atmosphere and food that tends to be on the oily side (which a lot of Filipino dishes are), DJ's in my opinion, makes some of the best Filipino food in Vallejo. Excellent variety of dishes and the price of $4.75 for a 2 entree plus rice combo can't be beat. All their dishes are done well but I particularly like their lechon, pinakbet, kare kare, kambing, adobo, and a pork dish in a yellow coconut sauce (looks like curry but isn't; sorry I don't know the name of the dish). All their braised, stew type dishes are good.

                        1. re: ricebowl

                          Thanks ... dang, they even have a website. Turns out they are part of a small chain mainly in SOCAL. This is the only NOCAL outpost
                          http://djsbibingkahan.com/index.html

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                          DJ Bibingkahan Restaurant
                          3495 Sonoma Blvd, Vallejo, CA 94590

                      2. Another good place for a slice of pizza or a whole pie is NY Pizza at 2564 Springs Road (next to 7 Eleven). The place is small, has a few tables, mainly take out. The owners are really friendly. I usually order my slice of pesto pizza and a salad. The slices are big and tasty; price starts at $2-$2.50 depending on number of toppings and comes with a soda.

                        I can also recommend Zio Fraedo's at 23 Harbor Way. Very nice decor and good service. I've only been there for lunch, not dinner. They excel on some dishes and average on others. Excellent salads, fried calamari, grilled salmon, burgers, reuben & most sandwiches, and fish & chips. They have a lot of Italian entrees which I feel are only average and not authentic tasting (kinda like Olive Garden). I'm a New Yorker and picky when it comes to those things.

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                        1. re: ricebowl

                          Thanks for the zio Fraedo recs. I went once when they opened and hit the only average stuff.

                          Not a restaurant, but Country Creamery next to Safeway seems decent for it's category - many flavors a la Baskin Robbins. They make some ice cream there and it is a $1 a scoop. Full report attached to place link

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                          Zio Fraedo's
                          23 Harbor Way, Vallejo, CA 94590

                          Giant New York Pizza
                          2564 Springs Rd, Vallejo, CA 94591

                          County Creamery
                          101 W American Canyon Rd, American Canyon, CA

                          1. re: rworange

                            ricebowl - good to hear about NY Pizza. I tried them when they were first starting out and I found it only to be okay. Sounds like they've gotten their feet under them as time has gone on.

                            I posted about Country Creamery awhile back, but I guess my post was considered too close to home (I had done an ad for them to be put in a festival program) and it was taken down.

                            My view pretty much reflects your view, rw - This isn't fancy gourmet stuff, and the quality control is sometimes lacking (you every now and then get scoops that have little ice chunks.) But for what you pay ($1/scoop), it's decent enough, especially on a warm-to-hot day.

                            They also have ice cream cakes and take-home gallons now, but I can't vouch for the quality of those.

                            1. re: josquared

                              Yeah, I was looking for the ingrediant list on the gallons ($6.99 ... quite the deal) and ice cream cakes but all that is on them is the flavor sticker.

                          2. re: ricebowl

                            Also worth a visit are:

                            Gracie's BBQ on 1801 Sonoma Blvd. for good ribs, bbq chicken, brisket and links
                            Sardine Can at 0 Harbor Way - nice, casual atmosphere, friendly staff. Popular with locals. Good fish & chips; shrimp & chips, crab or shrimp louie, crab sandwich, homemade potato salad, clam chowder and burgers.

                            1. re: ricebowl

                              I see a sign that Gracie's is open for breakfast now. Has anyone tried it?